Opinion by Richard Baird.
Space Division is an architectural studio established in 2010 with an office in Auckland, New Zealand. It looks to contribute to and positively impact on the lives and environments of its clients and the communities it serves by producing simple and succinct spaces.
The studio describe their projects as being inclusive and client-focused with physical constraints, budgets, time frames and compliance being carefully considered and incorporated into their work across commercial, urban infrastructure and residential architectural fields.
These values and project considerations, as well as Space Division’s agile, dynamic and easily scalable approach, is reflected in their name and new brand identity, created by Inhouse. This included a flexible logotype, stationery set, business cards, print portfolio, project photography and website.
Dadadum is a Swiss contemporary furniture brand created out of respect for and in homage to the functionality, technical expertise and minimalism associated with Swiss design, and that strives to bring out the beauty of each raw material. The brand draws on the ‘talents of local designers who have made an international name for themselves and whose specifications are to re-establish the notion of Gute Forme as espoused by Max Bill’. Developed by design studio and co-founder Demian Conrad Design, Dadadum’s new brand identity uses Swiss sans-serif typography and a grid based approach that plays with letter space to convey the core values of modularity, playfulness and origin.
Fort Standard is a New York based industrial design studio using long-lasting natural materials and traditional production methods in an innovative way to produce products, lighting and furniture with a simplicity, high functionality and an attention to detail. As the studio explain online, their ability to act as both designers and manufacturers not only informs their process, but yields smarter products that exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function. Built around a custom logotype, geometric logo, contrasting type and a multi-pass screen printed business card and letterhead, Fort Standard’s new brand identity, created by Studio Lin, manages to distill and reflect their philosophy through shape, material and process with few assets.